Ο Χρήστος Οικονόμου αφηγείται τη ζωή και την πορεία του στη LiFO

“Το βραβείο USC Dornsife’s Chowdhury Prize in Literature ήταν μεγάλη τιμή για μένα. Είναι ένα διεθνές βραβείο από ένα μεγάλο ίδρυμα σε συνεργασία με ένα μεγάλο πανεπιστήμιο της Αμερικής, το Πανεπιστήμιο της Νότιας Καλιφόρνιας, και ήταν η πρώτη φορά που δόθηκε. Επέλεξαν εμένα ανάμεσα σε συγγραφείς από όλο τον κόσμο και η απόφαση της κριτικής επιτροπής, που αποτελούνταν από σπουδαίους συγγραφείς Αμερικανούς και Αμερικανίδες, ήταν ομόφωνη, οπότε ήταν πολύ σημαντικό αυτό το βραβείο, όπως και όλα τα βραβεία, αν μη τι άλλο είναι κάτι ευχάριστο. Βλέπεις ότι κάποιοι άνθρωποι που δεν τους ξέρεις ούτε σε ξέρουν, άρα η επιλογή τους δεν έγινε με εξωγενείς παράγοντες, εκτιμούν το έργο σου, κι αυτό είναι κάτι ενθαρρυντικό. Σου δίνει ένα επιπλέον κίνητρο να συνεχίσεις.”

Ο Χρήστος Οικονόμου αφηγείται τη ζωή και την πορεία του στη LiFO και μιλά για τα ανεξήγητα και γοητευτικά μονοπάτια της συγγραφής.

https://www.lifo.gr/culture/vivlio/hristos-oikonomoy-pio-sagineytiko-kommati-tis-grafis-symbainei-eno-briskesai-se

Christos Ikonomou among the winners of the 2022 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the oldest major prize for short fiction in America!

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We are thrilled to share that Christos Ikonomou is one of the winners of the 2022 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction, the oldest major prize for short fiction in America which is awarded annually since 1919!

The illustrious list for 2022 includes Nobel laureate, Olga Tokarczuk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lorrie Moore, Daniel Mason, and Alejandro Zambra, among others!

The winning stories were edited by Valeria Luiselli and will be included in an annual story anthology which will be published in September by Anchor Books /Penguin Random House.

You can find out more about the anthology below:

The Best Short Stories 2022
THE O. HENRY PRIZE WINNERS
Edited by Valeria Luiselli
Series edited by Jenny Minton Quigley

The prestigious annual story anthology includes prize-winning stories by Chimamry Prize Storiesanda Ngozi Adichie, Lorrie Moore, Olga Tokarczuk, Joseph O’Neill, and Samanta Schweblin.

The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners—continuing a century-long tradition of cutting-edge literary excellence—contains twenty prizewinning stories chosen from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year. Guest editor Valeria Luiselli has brought her own refreshing perspective to the prize, selecting stories by an engaging mix of celebrated names and emerging voices and including stories in translation from Bengali, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. The winning stories are accompanied by an introduction by Luiselli, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction.

Christos Ikonomou wins USC Dornsife’s inaugural Chowdhury Prize in Literature!

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We are beyond thrilled to share that Christos Ikonomou is the inaugural winner of the Chowdhury Prize in Literature, an annual international mid-career prize for writers, which is awarded by the Department of English at the University of South California (USG) Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences!

Ikonomou will be honored at a gala ceremony to be held at Town and Gown on USC’s University Park campus on April 21.

The Chowdhury Prize administrator, David Ulin, associate professor of English at USC Dornsife and former Los Angeles Times book editor and book critic, said the jury’s decision to award Ikonomou the prize was unanimous.

“We thought he was doing remarkable work creatively, and we also thought that his work had a remarkable social component,” Ulin said. “But the most important aspect for us as judges was the power of the writing — the power of the language, the power of the insights, the power of the characters and the conflicts, the intractable nature of what his characters are facing, which is not unrelated to the intractable nature of what all of us, in some way, are facing. All this made us really interested in supporting this writer in what comes next.”

You can find out more about the prize below:
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For those of you who are not acquainted with Christos Ikonomou’s work, you can read one of his stories, “Where They Always Meet”, in the summer 2021 edition of The Yale Review in a wonderful translation by Karen Emmerich:

https://lnkd.in/g8E_KKv7

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The brilliant, Maggie Nelson, praises Christos Ikonomou in The New York Times!

“…The first story, “I’ll Swallow Your Dreams,” from Christos Ikonomou’s “Good Will Come From the Sea” — a dystopian collection about Greece’s economic devastation — blew my head off with its tender and awful brutality.”

The brilliant, Maggie Nelson, praises Christos Ikonomou in The New York Times and we couldn’t be happier!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/26/books/review/maggie-nelson-by-the-book-interview.html

Η εξαιρετική Maggie Nelson δηλώνει τον ενθουσιασμό της για το Χρήστο Οικονόμου και το πρώτο διήγημα από το πολυμεταφρασμένο βιβλίο του, Το καλό θα ‘ρθει απ’ τη θάλασσα (Εκδόσεις Πόλις) στους NY Times και η χαρά μας δεν περιγράφεται!

“…The first story, “I’ll Swallow Your Dreams,” from Christos Ikonomou’s “Good Will Come From the Sea” — a dystopian collection about Greece’s economic devastation — blew my head off with its tender and awful brutality.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/26/books/review/maggie-nelson-by-the-book-interview.html

Russian & N. Macedonian rights sold to Something Will Happen You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou

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We are very happy to share that we have sold Russian and Northern Macedonian rights to Christos Ikonomou’s highly praised short story collection, Something Will Happen You’ll See, to OGI Publishing House and ILI-ILI respectively!

Με χαρά σας ανακοινώνουμε ότι πουλήθηκαν τα δικαιώματα για την έκδοση της πολυβραβευμένης και πολυμεταφρασμένης συλλογής διηγημάτων του Χρήστου Οικονόμου, Κάτι θα γίνει θα δεις, στη Ρωσία και στη Βόρεια Μακεδονία στους οίκους OGI και ILI-ILI αντίστοιχα!

Good Will Come From the Sea by Christos Ikonomou shortlisted for The London Hellenic Prize!

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We are delighted to share that Christos Ikonomou’s, Good Will Come From the Sea, (transl. Karen Emmerich) published by Archipelago Books has been shortlisted for the London Hellenic Prize!

Με χαρά σας ανακοινώνουμε ότι το πολυμεταφρασμένο βιβλίο του Χρήστου Οικονόμου, Το καλό θα ‘ρθει από τη θάλασσα, (Εκδόσεις Πόλις) βρίσκεται στη βραχεία λίστα για το London Hellenic Prize! Η απόφαση της επιτροπής θα ανακοινωθεί στις 27 Ιουνίου.

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The Egyptian publisher of Amanda Michalopoulou and Christos Ikonomou featured in Nea Newspaper!

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So great to see Sherif Bakr, the amazing Egyptian publisher of Amanda Michalopoulou’s, Why I Killed My Best Friend and Christos Ikonomou’s, Something Will Happen You’ll See & Good Will Come from the Sea, featured in Nea Newspaper!
It is wonderful to experience first-hand the power of human connections over the lack of translation subsidy schemes! Thank you, Sherif, for making our books travel!

I am deeply grateful to the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship and the Sharjah International Book Fair Fellowship for giving me the opportunity to be part of their strong community of international book professionals. Sherif and I first met in 2012 thanks to the Frankfurt Fellowship. Since then we have been steadily strengthening our professional ties through the Frankfurt, London and Sharjah book fairs.
I can’t think of a better way than this to build cultural bridges and making books travel in the face of economic adversity!

Παρουσίαση του τεύχους, Grecia, του λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού Passenger στο Ιταλικό Ινστιτούτο

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Την Τετάρτη 16 Οκτωβρίου στην αίθουσα εκδηλώσεων του Ιταλικού Μορφωτικού Ινστιτούτου η παρουσίαση του τεύχους, Grecia, του ιταλικού λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού, The Passenger, στο οποίο συμμετέχει και ο Χρήστος Οικονόμου!

Christos Ikonomou featured in the new volume of Italian literary magazine, The Passenger

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The 5th volume of Italian literary magazine, The Passenger, is dedicated to Greece and it features, amongst others, our very own, Christos Ikonomou!

https://thepassenger.iperborea.com/titoli/grecia/

Το πέμπτο τεύχος του ιταλικού λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού, The Passenger, είναι αφιερωμένο στην Ελλάδα. Ανάμεσα στη λίστα των συμμετεχόντων βρίσκεται και ο Χρήστος Οικονόμου!

Περισσότερα εδώ:
https://thepassenger.iperborea.com/titoli/grecia/

Good Will Come From the Sea in Vulture’s 15 Must-Read Translated Books From the Past 5 Years

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“Each of …. (the) stories is gripping from the first to the last.”

The US edition of Christos Ikonomou’s short-story collection, Good Will Come From the Sea (Archipelago Books) is featured in Vulture’s 15 Must-Read Translated Books From the Past 5 Years:

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Η αμερικανική έκδοση της συλλογής διηγημάτων του Χρήστου Οικονόμου, Το καλό θα ‘ρθει απ’ τη θάλασσα (Εκδόσεις Πόλις) συμπεριλήφθηκε στα καλύτερα δεκαπέντε μεταφρασμένα βιβλία των τελευταίων πέντε ετών του δημοφιλές περιοδικού, Vulture:

https://lnkd.in/dHMM8Et

Απόσπασμα από το δημοσίευμα:

What happens when everything turns on the question of money — money you don’t have? Think of the compulsions that might overcome you. Ikonomou’s short stories describe the lives of Greeks coping with the economic fallout of the debt crisis. The people in his fiction discover that poverty is an instructor — a revealer of depths, a conjurer of fresh identities. In this collection, some characters are hardened by their experiences, some find courage, and some lose themselves in delusions. Each of their stories is gripping from the first to the last. —C.B.